Jihadists of Chechen origin in Belgium quite often are connected with like-minded Chechens in Austria, for instance.
A recent example is Adam Abdulkhadzhiev, a Chechen native who had lived in Belgium since he was eleven years old.
| Tags: Abu Omar as-Shishani, Adam Abdulkhadzhiev, Akhmad Chatayev, Albania, Aslambek Idrisov, Aslan Chamutaev, Aslan Sigauri, Austria, Belgium, Bisera Gerasimovska, Chalil Man, Chechnya, Dagestan, Danga Youssoupger, Denis Pershin, Ingushetia, IRDO-Belgija, Islam Borchashvili, Islamic State, Islamsko Romani Dawetsko Organizacija, Jaysh al-Muhajireen wa'l-Ansar, Kabardino-Balkaria, Kalmykia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Magomed Saidov, Magomed Saralapov, Mahid Dibrani, Ramzan Makhauri, Tarkan Batirashvili, Tourchaev Khassanbek The latest update of our database on Belgian foreign terrorist fighters added a significant number of Russian sounding names.
People rooted in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe are still a small minority — but worth a closer look.
It may be small, this ‘Eastern contingent’, but it is likely underestimated too.
It is extremely difficult to investigate, as was proven at the trial of some people belonging to what seems the most important ‘Eastern’ network in Belgium.
“He acted as a leader of JMA abroad”, court documents state about Man, and his apartment has provided shelter to notorious people such as Aslan Sigauri, once named by Russia as one of the 52 most dangerous rebels in the Northern Caucasus. Chalil Man was also linked to Tourchaev Khassanbek, a man arrested in Greece on the 27th of January 2014 while he tried to cross the Turkish border with some military equipment.
Khassanbek is listed as a foreign terrorist fighter in France and apparently lived in Lingolsheim near the city of Strasbourg.
But because all communication happened in languages such as Albanian and Bosnian, it was difficult to assess – and only in December 2016 a series of arrests made clear that at least one member – the ethnic Kosovar Mahid Dibrani – had been fighting in Syria. Another characteristic of the Eastern networks is that they are very much spread throughout Europe.That has happened now for 251 individuals, and a well-informed security source confirmed to us that all of them are “related to the current foreign terrorist fighter phenomenon”.These disclosures have enabled us to fill a lot of blanks — or more precise: anonymous records in our own database.“The defendant was known under the aliases Darra, Mohmad, Abdul Azis and Umar”, the written verdict states.“And his real identity is very doubtful, since an authentic Russian passport was found with the picture of the defendant and the name of Magomed Saidov, born on the 29th of April 1964.